Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fries and Butterfinger Blizzard

Reverb and beer, lyrics
written for an unnamed
you caught me unaware.

Vague nostalgia—stars
above summer camp,
the milky way, silly names

Pickle-tree and Shim-Shimmel.
Crushes and otter-pops and
symbols and codes for youth

hid underneath a balance
raspy emotive voice
over simple chords.

The song reminded me
of friends basements,
songs about break-ups,

Dairy-Queen after youth group
and every first original feeling’s
shallow claim on authenticity.

This is all to say Julien Baker’s
new album really made me crave
fries and a butterfinger blizzard.